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What I Watch »

[13 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]

A while ago I rented an indie movie called "13 Tzameti". It’s black and white and subtitled in French but well worth the watch.

The story revolves around a young guy, hard up for cash. He opens a package intended for someone else and follows the instructions inside. Unfortunately this results in him being forced to participate in a variation of Russian Roulette.

It’s a small movie, simply done that belies the incredible tension contained in some of the scenes. Recommended.

Regardez fixement l’ampoule!!!

Weird Wide World »

[10 Dec 2007 | One Comment | ]

High Definition is truely an amazing experience. A side effect of such a clear picture is that movie makers are going to have to work that much harder to create a realistic world for their movies and ensure the suspension of disbelief is maintained. Compare Spiderman 3 with Transformers for example. Night and Day as far as visual effects are concerned.
Here’s a great example. Look closely at the audience in the following picture for an example of the director just "phoning it in" (big file warning).

Weird Wide World »

[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

Tonight we watched a bit of Mary Poppins before putting the kids to bed. It reminded me of the following video I found a while back on YouTube. Essentially a trailer based on Mary Poppins that re-writes the movie as a horror film. Pretty effective.

Equally as good, here’s the reverse: The Shining, recut as a romantic comedy.

What I Watch »

[3 Jan 2007 | One Comment | ]

When I was younger I used to spend a lot of time on my grandmother’s farm. Every summer my cousins and I would screw around on the farm and get into a wide range of life-threatening but fun situations. When you live on a farm, you are invariably surrounded by stuff. Random stuff. Machinery, wheels, buckets, animals, wire, feed, and the occasional sharp metal spike. One summer we came across a large hard-plastic tube. It was about 18" in diameter and about 8′ long. It curved through about a 45 …

What I Watch »

[10 Apr 2006 | 125 Comments | ]

The other night I watched the 2005 movie “Stay” with Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and some other guy (Ryan Gosling). The only reason I watched it is that so many people come to this site looking for an explanation of that movie. Unfortunately this movie has little to no plot and really doesn’t need an explanation in my view.
*** SPOILERS ***
The movie opens with a brutal car crash in which Ryan Gosling’s character is not hurt at all. This is your first clue that something is awry. If you’re …

Life & Introspection »

[25 Jan 2006 | No Comment | ]

Last summer I saw a movie named Primer and it promptly ate my brain. Within 1 weekend I was compelled to watch it four times, something I had never done before nor since.
Primer is an indie film by Shane Carruth that won the Sundance Film Festival made on a showstring of $7,000. The shot 80mins some odd minutes of film and the movie is 77mins long. I highly recommend checking it out.
I wrote up an explanation HERE which is tremendously popular. Having thought Primer mania was over and …

What I Read, What I Watch »

[25 Jul 2005 | No Comment | ]

A quick bloggy blog: I’m currently reading “Be Dangerous on Rock Guitar”. Not a bad book, considering I’ve never had any lessons this is the sort of thing that gives me just enough theory without turning me off entirely.
Folks laud over The Guitar Grimoire series and they are an excellent and complete resource but for my purposes they’re just too much.
The latest DVDs I’ve watched are The Godfather II which in my opinion is better than the first one. It also features Joe Spinell as Willy Cicci. You’d never …

Life & Introspection, Science »

[6 Jun 2005 | 103 Comments | ]

This weekend I rented Primer, an awesome indie film by Shane Carruth that won the Sundance Film Festival and took over my entire weekend. I highly recommend checking it out. The following is my interpretation of the movie. I suggest watching it a few times, with the subtitles on, to ensure you don’t miss anything. Below is my interpretation, I’d suggest watching the movie at least once first, then reading on.
Wherever it made sense I’ve differentiated between characters and their doubles …